England’s five penalty takers set to step up should the Three Lions go to the spot with Colombia in Moscow
- England will look to keep their nerve if it goes to penalties against Colombia
- The Three Lions will face the South Americans for a place in the quarter-finals
- Captain Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Jesse Lingard have volunteered
- Ashley Young, who missed a penalty at Euro 2012, has also put up his hand
These are the five men who are ready to take penalties if England’s last-16 game against Colombia goes to a dreaded shootout.
Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young — who missed in Euro 2012 — have put their hands up for the nerve-jangling job.
‘Of course I’ll put my name forward,’ said Young, who hit the bar as England lost a shootout to Italy in the 2012 quarter-final.
England will look to hold their nerves if it goes to penalties against Colombia in Moscow
‘A penalty is a penalty. You step up and try to score.’ Jamie Vardy, who is not expected to start, is also among the candidates if he is on the pitch.
England have lost six of seven competitive penalty shootouts but manager Gareth Southgate urged his players to ignore the past and make their own history in Moscow.
Captain Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson will step forward if it comes down to spot kicks
Ashley Young won’t shirk the challenge of a penalty while Jesse Lingard is also a taker
Kieran Trippier has never taken an England penalty but will be among Gareth Southgate’s five
‘The lads have the chance to write their own stories now,’ said Southgate. ‘We’ve been in this position many times over the last however many years.
‘It’s pointless us even thinking about what might happen after the game. We focus on the game, on our performance, and everything will fall into place from there.’
Southgate has also ordered his players to belt out God Save The Queen.
Young said: ‘When I came back into the squad it was very important that everybody knew the National Anthem and sang their hearts out. It is not just those playing — it starts on the bench and everyone is together. We link arms as well.’
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman insists his team can cope without talisman James Rodriguez if the attacker fails to recover from the swollen calf muscle that forced him to miss training on Monday.
Pekerman said: ‘He has been very important for our team. But sometimes when he hasn’t been able to play we still managed to perform properly.’
GRAHAM POLL – ‘VAR MUST MAKE ‘KEEPERS STAY ON THEIR LINE’
There are those who say that if some Olympic athletes are going to take drugs to gain an advantage then you should allow them all to take drugs.
FIFA seem to be applying the same warped logic to goalkeepers at penalties.
They allow so many to start behind the goal-line and jump forward, or start on it and advance, that it seems the law is not being applied. I cannot understand how this can be so difficult.
VAR has shown us that offside, once almost impossible to interpret, is now a black or white matter of fact.
Surely a goalkeeper standing off his line for a penalty must be as easy to spot?
When goalkeepers for 15 of 19 shootout spot-kicks so far at this World Cup have been shown to be off their line it is proof that this law is being ignored.
I am sure we will soon be looking more closely at this if England are involved in a shootout on Tuesday evening.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.